DURHAM, N.C – Twelve Duke University undergraduate students have been selected for the Rachel Carson Scholars Program, which aims to train the next generation of marine conservation leaders.

Named in honor of world-renowned marine biologist, author and conservationist Rachel Carson, the program provides students with direct research experience in marine science and conservation.

Rachel Carson Scholars are trained through small seminar experiences, experiential learning, enhanced faculty-student mentorship, scientific research and professional development.

All scholars spend at least one semester at the Duke University Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, N.C., and have funding available for research, travel to professional conferences and travel courses. During spring semester of their senior year, scholars write up their research findings as a Graduation with Distinction honors thesis. Many also submit their research for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.  

This year’s scholars are:

Molly Albright – a junior biology major
Melissa Baldino – a junior biology, environmental sciences double major
Danielle Brown – a sophomore environmental sciences major
Erin Gleason – a first-year undecided major
India Haber – a first-year undecided major
David Hugo – a first-year undecided major
Kendall Jefferys – a sophomore environmental sciences & policy major
Katie Knotek – a sophomore biology, environmental sciences double major
Andrea Kolarova – a junior environmental sciences major
Maddie Paris – a first-year undecided major
Jwalin Patel – a first-year undecided major
Jessica Wang – a sophomore environmental sciences major